Before the Surgery
After you have undertaken dental implant surgery follow the following tips to lower post operation problems and distress.
Before your surgery you must have these:
- Paracetamol and Ibuprofen analgesics are the recommendation
- The required soft foods and/or food supplements
- Acquired and filled your prescriptions (antibiotics, sedative etc.)
- Two ice packs, to enable you to swap the packs and help with your healing after surgery.
Keep in mind
Start taking the antibiotics 60 minutes prior to the surgical procedure, as instructed.
After Surgery Requirements
- Postoperative ailments will include discomfort, bruising and swelling
- On the day of the operation don’t participate in any physical exercise.
You need to do the following
- Keep your head raised above your whole body (do not lay flat).
- Make sure you still eat and do not become dehydrated. Soups, fruit juices and any delicate foods (pasta, ice cream, boiled potato/rice etc.) are advisable. Liquid food supplements can also assist.
- Make sure that you complete the full course of antibiotics given to you.
- Rinse out your mouth using the Savacol provided for one minute, two times a day. The perfect time to rinse is an hour once you have cleaned your teeth.
- Apply an ice pack as soon as possible right after the surgery, with solid pressure for 20 mins to the face over the surgical location. Leave the ice pack off for the following 20 minutes before repeating the routine. Continue this for approximately twelve hours following your surgery.
- The prescribed pain killers should be used to ease the pain.
Do not do
- Strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first couple of days following the surgery.
- During the initial 24 hours make sure to steer clear of hot food, hot drinks and alcoholic beverages.
- Don’t chew on the implant until otherwise advised.
- Do not rinse your mouth forcibly with the mouth wash
- Do not chew your lip or tongue while still numb and try to not play with the injury or sutures
Things to know about
- Whilst no operation is totally risk free, dental implant surgery carries a low risk of complications.
- Infection: Although uncommon, contamination of the surgical wound may occur. It is essential to stick to the post operative treatment directions diligently and keep your teeth nice and clean. When you encounter a bad taste or odour, observe greater swelling or pain its possible you have an infection.
- Localised bleeding within the first 18 hours isn’t abnormal. It can be handled by applying firm pressure with a moistened gauze pad for a minimum of 15 minutes. If unsuccessful pressure can be applied by using a tea bag or gauze soaked in tea.
- Extended use of products containing Chlorhexidine can lead to a innocuous discolouration. The next time you have your teeth cleaned this certainly could be cleaned effortlessly.
If you suspect you have an infection you need to get hold of your Dental Implant Office as soon as possible.